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Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex to offer workshop on American Indian pottery on Aug. 19 2006

Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex in Moundsville will host a workshop for adults and kids in grades 4 - 8 who are interested in learning how to make American Indian pottery, as many of the prehistoric Indians of North America did. The workshop will take place from

1 - 3 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 19. There is a $10 fee per person to cover the cost of materials. The workshop is limited to 12 adults and 12 children, and registration is required.

Participants will use clay to create bowls, animal effigies or other objects which they can decorate and take home with them. Children also will learn to make a ring and pin game and play other games that were played by the prehistoric people who lived in the area. Because of the nature of the activities, children are encouraged to wear outdoor play clothes and tennis shoes.

The workshop will give children a hands-on opportunity to learn how the prehistoric people of the Ohio River Valley made items using the natural materials in their environment.

For more information about the workshop, contact Joe Candillo, cultural programming coordinator at the Complex, at (304) 843-4128, ext. 202, or e-mail him at joe.candillo@wvculture.org.

Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex features one of the largest and most famous burial mounds built by the prehistoric Adena people. A massive undertaking, construction of the mound took place in successive stages from about 250-150 B.C., and required the movement of more than 60,000 tons of earth. Exhibits and displays in the complex’s museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The Complex is located at 801 Jefferson Ave., in Moundsville. Operating hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4-30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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